Better Than Fruitcake Cookies

Better Than Fruitcake Cookies


"This recipe makes over 12 dozen small cookies... a great substitution for holiday fruitcake . You can substitute rum-soaked dried apricots and dates instead of glacee'd cherries and figs for an equally tasty cookie."


servings 107 cals
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Original recipe yields 72 servings



  • Calories:
  • 107 kcal
  • 5%
  • Fat:
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 14.3g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 9 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 14 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large bowl, combine fruits, honey, sherry, lemon juice, salt and walnuts. Cover and marinate overnight.
  2. Cream together with butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Add egg and mix well. Combine the flour, salt and cloves; gradually blend into the butter mixture. Blend in the fruit and nut mixture
  3. Lightly flour work surface and divide dough into 2 equal portions. Roll into logs and wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Place dough in freezer for at least an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut logs into thin rounds and place on cookie sheet spaced at least 1 inch apart.
  5. Bake 10 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
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  1. 13 Ratings


I read all the reviews and tried to address people's issues and got a 5-star cookie out of it. I used precut Date Nuggets and countered their dryness by using a few more tablespoons of rum. The ...

I am not big on fruitcake, but these cookies were VERY good. When I sent cookies home w/ guests they always asked if I would put alot of the fruitcake ones in. They really were quite easy to m...

These cookies have a very flavour. The problem was that no matter what knife I used they would not cut nicely. They kept braking apart.I tried chilling them more and less and it didn't make a d...

Because we can't eat figs, I replaced them with a fruitcake mix. The cookies were delicous..but they didn't last long, so had to make them more often.

While this cookie is extremely tasty, it takes a whole lot of effort and time. It's difficult to chop some of the fruits because they're so sticky. Still, if you want to impress somebody with a ...

I must have done something wrong because the dough was very crumbly and the cookies were not sweet enough. I used apricots, dates, and rum instead of figs, cheeries, and sherry.

These were a huge hit! They are very good!

Delectable and diffrent

These are better once they sit. Dough is somewhat crumbly - mostly you'll need a very sharp knife to cut through figs/nuts etc. and get nice rounds. If you don't have one, perhaps chill in fri...